Manchester United

Raphael Varane reveals motivating factors behind Man Utd move

Manchester United completed the signing of experienced French centre-back Raphael Varane this summer from Real Madrid.

The deal that cost Man Utd just around £42 million is seen by many as an absolute steal given Varane’s pedigree.


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The Frenchman made his debut for Man Utd against Wolves towards the end of August where he kept a clean sheet and assisted Mason Greenwood for the winner.

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Raphael Varane was speaking to Sky Sports earlier today and he has revealed some of the motivating factors that made him join his dream club Manchester United. One of which was meeting Sir. Alex Ferguson 10 years ago.

Varane: “It meeting [Sir Alex Ferguson in 2011] was a special moment for me and my family. It’s amazing to meet a person like him at 18. You know, after that, it’s your destiny. Ten years in Madrid and now I’m here.

The former Real Madrid defender also spoke of France teammate, Paul Pogba as having an influence on his decision to join Man Utd.

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Varane: “Paul spoke to me about the club, the atmosphere, the expectations. Of course, he is a great player. But he also has very good, positive energy. He is a leader for the group. I’ve known him for a very long time so I’m happy to play with him.”

Raphael Varane is also happy about playing under Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who convinced him to join the club.

Varane: “He spoke to me about the ambition of the team, and how I would feel playing for Man Utd.”

The 28 year old would be bringing a lot of leadership and experience to the Man Utd squad as he possesses an array of UCL medals plus a world cup medal and the France international would definitely inspire his Man Utd teammates to win laurels.

Varane: “It’s a big challenge to get Man Utd back to the top but I feel people want to win, people want to do great things with this club, and that’s a big motivation for me.